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It was on a family trip to Mildura in north-west Victoria as a young child that I was first given penicillin. While I don't remember why, nor do I remember the rash I developed, it was then I was first introduced to my penicillin allergy - a seemingly innocuous friend that nonetheless threatened its pernicious intentions should it be taken for granted.

Viral nucleic acid tests, antigen tests, antibody tests, T-cell analysis, serology, sequencing. Just a sample of the terms and tech that you need to understand when writing about COVID-19 testing. Understand them all? Good, but I’m now going to spring a quick test on you ­– just like your favourite high school teacher: 

AMWA Conference 2021: Challenging Communication

Join us for the 38th Annual Conference of the Australasian Medical Writers' Association on Saturday December 4, 2021

Registration now open!

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